The Sam Fox School's digital fabrication labs, FAB LAB I and FAB LAB II (Digital Initiative Lab), support studio and course work assignments, as well as independent research projects conducted by students and faculty. They feature fully equipped facilities for building models and fabricating prototypes. Students work with a wide variety of materials, including wood, plastic, and paper products. Beyond the fabricating equipment and tools typically found in wood and metal shops, the School's equipment includes laser cutters, three-axis CNC mills, and a plastic 3-D printer.
FAB LAB I's equipment includes:
3 Universal Laser Cutters: 18" x 36"
2 Dimensions ABS 3D Printers: 8" x 8" x 8"
1 Roland MDX CNC Milling: 19" x 15" x 6"
FAB LAB II's equipment includes:
1 AXYZ, 3-axis CNC router 1HP spindle and 7 position tool changer, 96" x 60" x 12"
1 Elkom, preheating/thermoforming oven, 39" x 39" x 1"
1 VLT, Silicone Membrane Press, 96" x 48" x 15"
Recent digital fabrication studios include:
- A spring 2016 undergraduate studio led by assistant professor Chandler Ahrens that designed and built SAL, a seating and shade structure to enhance a proposed soccer field for Nahed Chapman New American Academy.
- A spring 2016 graduate studio led by lecturers Jason Butz and Lavender Tessmer that designed and fabricated three separate site-specific installations.
- A fall 2015 graduate studio led by lecturer Jaymon Diaz that designed and constructed a prototype watercraft.
- A spring 2015 undergraduate studio led by assistant professor Chandler Ahrens that designed and built AMP, a lighting installation at the technology business incubator T-REX.
- A spring 2015 graduate studio led by lecturers Jason Butz and Lavender Tessmer that designed and built ACCUMULUS, an installation at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
- Studio Confluence, a spring/summer 2013 graduate studio led by visiting assistant professors Andrew Colopy and Kenneth Tracy that designed and built an avian observatory at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Additional digital fabrication studios have been taught by:
Sung Ho Kim, associate professor and design principal of Axi: Ome LLC, St. Louis.
Joe MacDonald, visiting professor in fall 2011, founding principal of URBAN A&O, New York.
Heather Roberge, visiting professor in fall 2010, founding principal of murmur, Los Angeles.
David Ruy, Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor in spring 2009, and Karel Klein, visiting assistant professor in spring 2009, co-directors of Ruy Klein, New York.
Marcelo Spina, visiting professor in fall 2009 and founder/co-principal of PATTERNS, Los Angeles.
Robert Stuart-Smith, visiting professor in spring 2012, design director and co-founder of Kokkugia.
Students with shop experience may apply to the coordinator for positions as shop monitors. For more information, contact Derek Ashoff.